Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 3, 1643-1644. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Veneris, 22 Septembris, 1643.
AN Order for sequestring the Vicarage of Twickenham, in the County of Middlesex, whereof Tho. Soame Doctor in Divinity is the present Vicar, to the Use and Advantage of Mr. John Greene Master of Arts, a godly, learned, and orthodox Divine; who is thereby authorized to officiate the said Cure, and to preach diligently to the Parishioners; was this Day read; and, by Vote upon the Question, assented unto.
And it is further Ordered, That the Tythes not yet collected, and Arrears of Profits due to the said Dr. Soame, remaining in any of the Parishioners Hands, not yet paid over, shall be received by the said Mr. Green, or such as be shall appoint, and employed to the repairing of the said Vicarage House, and Out Houses.
Leave of Absence.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Holland shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant to go into Holland, to visit his Lady, that is very sick at Utrecht, and to stay there Six Weeks; and that he shall suffer no Prejudice, by his Absence from the Service of the House, in the mean time; and that he shall have Liberty for Two Servants.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Gloucester, to consider and examine what Estate, either in Monies, Bonds, Lands, or Chattels, are belonging to Sir Rich. Ducye, now a Prisoner in Gloucester, within the Jurisdiction and Authority of the Parliament.
Lord Montnorris' Pass.
Resolved, &c. That my Lord Montnorris shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant, generally without Restraint, to go into Ireland, according to his former Pass; notwithstanding any former Order of Limitation.
Proceedings concerning Pollehill.
Ordered, That Mr. Pollehill shall be discharged from any further Restraint, upon giving good Security, that he will forthwith repair to the Deputy Lieutenants and Committees in Kent; to whom it is referred to consider of the Accusations against him; and to proceed with him, upon the whole Matter, according to Justice.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Militia do make Proclamation, in all Parts of London, Westminster, and the Places within the Lines of Communication, by Sound of Trumpet, and Beat of Drum, That all Officers and Soldiers under the Command of Sir Wm. Waller do forthwith repair to their Colours, upon Pain of being cashiered, and losing their Arrears.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom do grant their Warrant to the Treasurer at Wars, to pay and satisfy such Billets as shall, by Certificate from the Auditor, appear to be due to the Quarters where any Officers or Soldiers under Sir Wm. Waller's Command have been quartered and billetted.
A Letter from the Earl of Warwick, from Warwick House, of the Twenty-second of September, concerning the paying off the Arrears to the Mariners of the Merchants Men employed in the late Summer Service; was this Day read.
East India Company.
Mr. Trenchard and Mr. Serjeant Wilde are appointed to prepare an Ordinance for the keeping indemnified the East India Company, against Sir Peter Ricaut.
Resolved, &c. That the East India . . shall be spared for Payment of the Four thousand Pounds or thereabouts for the Goods already shipped by the joint Stock of the Company, to be transported; and shall detain the same in their Hands.
Resolved, &c. That all Customs that shall be due, or arise upon any Goods brought in by the East India Company, for the Account of the said Company, (except those already exported) shall be forthwith paid.
The Governor and others of the East India Company were called in: And Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, acquainted them with the Sense of the House, according to the foresaid Votes. Whereupon, the Governor, by the Leave of the House, did desire, That they might have some Time for the Payment in of their Monies, which they would pay in, all within a Month. They next desire, That the Commissioners of the Customs do, according to the Ordinance of Parliament, make Repayment of the Imposts upon Exportation, according to the Times limited in the Ordinance; which they do not now observe.
The Company withdrew; and were a little after called in again: And Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, acquainted them, That it is the Intent, and ever has been the Intent of this House, that the Commissioners of the Customs should observe the Ordinance of Parliament, touching the Repayment of Impost upon Exportation, according to the Limitations in the said Ordinance; and will, upon any Complaint, give Redress. He next acquainted them, That the Occasions of the Navy are so pressing, and so great, that the Monies must be forthwith paid. He further acquainted them, "They like very well of your setting forth of a Fleet the next Year; and when they shall understand what you desire of this House, that may advance that Service, they shall do that, as shall be according to Justice, and the Good of the Publick; Regard being had of their good Services."
Ordered, That Baron Trevor do sit in the Court of Exchequer at Westminster, on the Morrow after Michaelmas Day next; and do execute and officiate the Place of Puisny Baron, in all Things requisite and convenient, touching the receiving the Proffers which the late Sheriffs of the City of London, and County of Middlesex, are then and there to make, for the Grant of the Sheriffwick of the same City and County; and to give them their Oath to pass their Account for the Year past; as also, to be at the presenting, at that Court, of the new Sheriffs; and to do and execute all Things thereto belonging, which of right ought to be done, in as ample manner as Puisny Baron of that Court ought to do.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Rob. Rich and Mr. Page;
The Lords do desire, that, for the Supply of the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom, that Theophilus Earl of Lincolne, and Henry Earl of Stamford, be added to that Committee; and that Mr. John Sedgewick be added to the Assembly of Divines, in the Place and Room of Doctor Ward.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; that this House doth concur with the Lords in the Addition of the Earl of Lincolne and Stamford to the Committee for the Safety: And as to the other Business, will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Felling of Woods.
Mr. Strode is appointed to go to the Lords with the Ordinance for felling of Woods.
Navy Committee, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee of the Navy where Sir Henry Vane has the Chair, and the Committee where Mr. Green has the Chair, do meet this Afternoon, at Three of Clock, in the Star Chamber; and that a Report of their Doings therein be made to the House To-morrow, at Nine of Clock.
Resolved, &c. That this House shall, on Monday next, take the Covenant, at St. Margaret's Church, in Westminster.
Resolved, &c. That this House shall acquaint the Lords with the Intention of this House to take the Covenant on Monday next, at St. Margaret's Church in Westminster.
Resolved, &c. That the Assembly be made acquainted also with the Intention of this House to take the Covenant; and that they be desired to take the Covenant, at the same Time, and in the same Place.
Mr. Salloway is to acquaint the Assembly with this Order.
Ordered, That the Committee, where Sir Henry Cholmley has the Chair, appointed to examine the Business concerning Serjeant Major Welden, do meet To-morrow, at Eight of Clock, in the Court of Wards.
Sir Gilb. Gerard went up to the Lords, to acquaint them with the Intention of this House to take the Covenant on Monday next, in St. Margaret's Church in Westminster.
Sir Gilb. Gerard brings Answer, The Lords will appoint a convenient Time for themselves to take the Covenant in; and will send an Answer by Messengers of their own, in regard the House is now thin.
King's, &c. Revenue.
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning the King's, Queen's, and Prince's Revenue, be forthwith printed and published; and that the Committee appointed by the said Ordinance do sit and meet at Sir Peter Wiche's House.
Resolved, &c. That some of the Assembly be appointed to pray, and exhort those who are on Monday next to take the Covenant: The Number and Manner is left to the Assembly.
Reward to Messenger.
Ordered, That Sir Gilb. Gerard do give Three Pounds to the Messenger that came from the Army.
Ordered, That Fifty Pounds shall be forthwith advanced, out of the King's Revenue, to Mr. Clement Kennersley, chief Officer of the King's Removing Wardrobe, for the fitting of Somerset House for the French Ambassador: And that the Committee for the Revenue do take Order the same be paid accordingly.
Ordered, That the Ordinance concerning the Parish of Wiggan, be read To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That Sir Peter Wiche's House, in Channel Row, shall be made use of, for the Service of the Committee of the Revenue; reserving Two Chambers for the Two Divines of the Assembly that are now there.